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Thank you to everyone who has participated so far in our first-ever DOPalooza, a fun-filled week of giveaways, prizes, and DOP love. Since Monday, we posted and shared stories with daily giveaways from your fellow DOP members, and today is our last day. To catch you up to speed, here is a little information on some of the members who supported our effort during this exciting week. (Psst! Today at 6:00 PM we will announce the winner of the grand prize package, so be sure to visit @DOPOrlando to enter and spread the DOP love.)

For the Love of DOP.
Thank you for supporting our Week of DOP!
Day 1: Popcorn Junkie and Greenery Creamery
Day 2: City of Orlando Swan Boats and Mecatos Bakery and Café
Day 3: Macbeth Studio and Macrame Momma
Day 4: Artisan's Table and Ivanhoe Park Brewing
Day 5: The Boheme, Eola Wine Company, Rethink Your Commute and Jefre: Points of Connection

The clock is ticking.


By now, you know that the Golden Brick Awards, sponsored by Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center, are rescheduled.  In case you missed our announcement last week, the reimagined event will be presented virtually throughout the week of August 17, 2020. Registrationis now open. Additional details are below on how you can participate in this unique week-long celebration of projects that ignited our city with excitement and purpose during 2019.

GBA Week Details.

  • Register today (you will receive links for each day's events as we get closer)
  • Each day three awards will be presented through a specially curated Zoom event hosted by Josh Wyche
  • Each Zoom event will be held at 12:00 PM and last approximately 1 hour
  • GBA Week will culminate on Friday, August 21 as we announce the winners for the Awards of Excellence and showcase the Downtowner of the Year award recipient

Nominated Projects.
For a recap of all the nominated projects, visit our social media channels or our website for a summary and image of each project in the running for 12 award categories. But be sure to check back often as we will be continuously posting up until GBA Week.

Mark your calendar.


Check out the new podcasts, quick reads and tunes I put together for this week. Hit me up if you have any suggestions or want to do a guest playlist takeover. Enjoy!

The Michelle Obama Podcast
President Barack Obama
"Michelle talks with her husband about the current moment and our responsibilities to our communities, our country, and each other."

Planet Money
SUMMER SCHOOL 1: Choices & Dating
"First lesson: Economics is not about money. It's a lens of great power and beauty. In this episode, we meet our teachers and learn the first four fundamental concepts of economic thinking, and watch them applied to things like dating and hailing a cab. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here."

Money Talks from Economist Radio
Money Talks: TikTok goes the clock
"TikTok, a video-sharing app, is caught up in the US-China clash. Can the firm restructure itself to address concerns over privacy and security? Also, why the pandemic has meant some households are awash with cash. And, a question of judgment. Patrick Lane hosts."

The Sporkful
The Great Data-Driven Restaurant Makeover
"One table can make all the difference... The owner of New York's Adda Indian Canteen has one table in his restaurant that's underperforming the others. And in a business with razor-thin margins, that's a real problem. In this special collaboration with Sally Helm and NPR's Planet Money, we enlist the help of a tape measure-wielding professor to try to turn the loser table into a winner. It turns out that how a restaurant treats its real estate is more important than how it cooks its food."

Every Little Thing
F*ck Yeah: Can Cursing Make You Stronger?
"Flora is out this week force feeding her niblings flamingo facts, so we’re rerunning one of our favorite episodes. Does swearing make you more powerful? Plus, we talk to someone who turns the “mother f*ckers” into “manhole covers” for the TV versions of movies. Guests: Cognitive scientist Ben Bergen, author of What the F***; Gwen Whittle, supervising sound editor at Skywalker Sound. Thanks to caller Mark for the monkey flippin’ question, and to Mark’s dad Steve."

Quick Reads. 
The New Normal: How Will Innovative Brands Connect with and Win New Customers Now and into the Future?

Fashion for a Summer Like No Other. 
The incognito look is here to stay.

#Better2gether (duets)
exile (feat. Bon Iver) | Taylor Swift, Bon Iver
Elastic Heart | Sia, The Weeknd
Whiskey Lullaby | Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley
Reborn | KIDS SEE GHOSTS (Kanye West, Kid Cudi)
Gone | Charli XCX, Christine and the Queens
Didn't Know What I Was in For | Better Oblivion Community Center, Phoebe Bridgers, Conor Oberst
Super Rich Kids | Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt
Blue Train Lines | Mount Kimbie, King Krule
Trails of the Past | SBTRKT, Sampha
The Warning | Kindness, Robyn
Consideration | Rihanna, SZA

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